Table of Contents March 2010

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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Time travel may in fact be possible, but it wouldn't work like in Back to the Future. (For one thing, you don't have worry about your parents failing to create you—you already exist.)
George Church is learning to redraw the genetic code. Medicine may soon look totally different—and so could Homo sapiens.
The amazing smarts of crows, jays, and other corvids are forcing scientists to rethink when and why intelligence evolved.
An intrepid reporter braves Siberia’s frozen Lake Baikal in search of the fundamental particles that could answer some of the deepest questions in physics.
A new theory suggests that the thick forests that we think of as wild may actually be an effect of human settlement.


Surgeons and scientists are teaming up to study living brains in action.
Running on water, manufacturing depression, unwrapping mummies, and more
Erez Lieberman-Aiden's 3-D models of DNA are helping to explain the equally complicated and important molecule.
The first light in the universe, the light used to push spacecraft, and the light produced by kicking the head of a walrus.
Hint: It's actually a lot closer to home than some exotic cave.
We take visual imagination for granted. But the blank inner world of a patient called MX demonstrates the rich neural processes needed to create the images in our heads.
The Trinity Site in New Mexico is safer than you'd think, and you have to look hard to see the signs of its momentous place in history.
Most 3-year-olds are hyperactive sometimes. But some cases are a sign of something more serious going on.
The medical elite thought they knew what caused ulcers and stomach cancer. But they were wrong—and didn't want to hear otherwise.


Stars orbited by planets are a little bit different than other stars, and scientists can use that to quickly home in on new planets.
The new wonder food seems to be good for two of your most important parts: your heart and brain.
Microfliers could search for missing people, detect bombs, and perhaps even deliver drugs inside the human body.
New research points to an important chemical configuration of DNA that may help determine the range of a cell’s possible future forms.
New kinds of high-tech heat carriers could help plants achieve both efficiency and safety.